Phi Delta Theta - Butler University

Fall 2016 Newsletter

Indiana Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Butler University

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Phi Delta Theta Indiana gamma board of directors P.O. Box 781472 Indianapolis, IN 46278 return service requested S S T h e T h e & & HIELD WORD ABOUT IRON PHI The concept of Iron Phi was developed as a way to strengthen both Phi Delta Theta and its impact on the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. The Fraternity has a philanthropic partnership with The ALS Association, a non-profit entity with the mission of bringing awareness to the disease and finding its cure. To become an Iron Phi, members of Phi Delta Theta, both undergraduates and alumni, must select an athletic endeavor of their choice, raise $1,000 through the Iron Phi website, and accomplish the athletic endeavor itself. Brother Lou Gehrig, Columbia '25 was known as the "Iron Horse" during his baseball career because of his durability and perseverance. His prowess as a hitter, consecutive games played record (2,130), and never-give-up attitude after being stricken with ALS inspired those around him. In the spirit of Brother Gehrig, the name Iron Phi was given to the initiative to encourage those involved to remembers Lou's approach to life when setting out to achieve something. Latest Indiana Gamma Iron Phi (Continued from page 8) George was a lifelong multi-sport athlete, playing softball into his 50s and golfing into his early 70s. He was also a skilled pilot with private, instrument, and commercial ratings on his airman's license. He was proficient in trap, skeet, and pistol shooting, and doted on his Labradors, Bruce and Maggie, whom he loved almost as much as his children. Dr. Hans "Bear" N. Sheridan '63 laid down his working tools and entered Chapter Grand on October 15. He was born in Marion, Ind., on June 3, 1941. He played football for Tony Hinkle at Butler University on teams that were undefeated and nationally ranked. He was a member of the 1961 undefeated football team that was inducted into the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the captain of the team his senior year. Butler is where he received his bachelor's degree in science and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He received a master's degree and a doctorate in education from Ball State University. Hans loved to play golf and travel. His career in education spanned 32 years serving as a teacher and administrator in Elwood, New Castle, Muncie, and Fort Wayne. While with the Fort Wayne Community Schools, he developed the magnet school program and ended his career in education as the principal of Wayne High School. Following his career in education, he worked for a software development company in Texas and then as the director of human resources for the City of Fort Wayne. Leaving that position, he became the CEO of the Scottish Rite Center. In retirement, he worked with his good friend and colleague, Rudy A. Mahara Sr., at Mahara Wealth Partners. He was very active in the Masonic fraternity at Waynedale Lodge #739, Scottish Rite, where he served in several positions. He was a recipient of the DeMolay Honor Award and the 33rd Degree. He was a member of the Downtown and Anthony Wayne Rotary Club, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church and served on the board of Northeast Indiana Easter Seals ARC and the CAWS (Crescent Avenue Weekday School) board as well as the president of the Smith Academy for Excellence school board and past president of the Fort Wayne American Cancer Society. He was also a founding board member of the Fort Wayne Boys and Girls Club. He also served as treasurer of the 431 Foundation, overseeing extensive restoration of the then Scottish Rite Center. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, H. Jeanne D. Sheridan, and his four children. Danner Graves '64, age 73, entered Chapter Grand peacefully at home on March 13, surrounded by family after a battle with cancer. Danner dedicated his life to serving others, holding prominent roles with several community and service organizations. Most recently, he was a board member of the Washington Athletic Club and the Millionaire Charity Club. He was an active member of Seattle Rotary, where he served on numerous committees, participated in seven international service trips, and managed fundraising for several humanitarian causes. He was also a long-term volunteer at Seattle Children's Hospital, where he rocked sick babies every week. Danner had 40-years of marketing and public relations experience, working in-house at two Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Navy, not to mention running two public relations firms. He served as chairman of Public Relations Society of America's International Counselors Academy and won numerous awards for his work. Danner also served with the U.S. Navy for 30 years, where he fought in Vietnam, commanded three different units, and held the rank of captain. Danner found joy in everything life offered. He loved the theater, jazz, good beer and wine, fine cigars, traveling, river rafting, and skiing. He pursued his interests with such fervor that it was a constant battle for him to fit everything in each day. Most importantly, Danner loved his family and friends, with whom he spent vast amounts of time. He said his four grandchildren were his greatest gifts in life, and would always light up in their presence. Chapter Grand (Continued from page 9) ButlerPhiDeltaTheta @BUPhiDelt phideltathetaghq - f l x b :

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